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For Edgar Gonzalez Anaheim was the perfect place to make his dreams of working for the empowerment and betterment of young people come true. He supports the Who’s Next Boxing Academy, who operate across Orange County but particularly in Anaheim in Santa Ana, working with young people who have dropped out of school. Their aim is to help them avoid drugs and other illicit activities by taking part in sports such as baseball and boxing instead. For Gonzalez, their work is incredibly important because it works on the scientifically-proven premise that engaging in sports helps to lower the risk of teen drug abuse.

Edgar Gonzalez Anaheim on Lowering Teen Drug Abuse Risks

Sport is good for the body, as well as teaching important life lessons. Not just that, however, it has been demonstrated that taking part in sports helps to lower the risk of teens turning to drugs. There are numerous benefits to sports, all of which have a profound impact on our lives. That doesn’t mean that someone who takes part in sports will never turn to drugs, however. Rather, it is about understanding the complex relationship between drug abuse and sports participation, and how taking part in sports reduces the risk of taking part in drug abuse.

It has been scientifically proven that children who take part in sports are less likely to smoke, use smokeless tobacco, or turn to illicit drugs. Young people who do turn to drugs often have to suffer a lifetime of negative consequences, impacting their well being, safety, and health. Sports can help mitigate all of these issues.

Cigarette smoke continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Yet, despite outreach programs, prevention programs, and rising prices of tobacco, people continue to smoke. It has been found, however, that young people who engage in sports are 22% less likely to start smoking. The more they are engaged in sports, the less likely they are to smoke as well.

Meanwhile, smokeless tobacco is also a big problem among American youths. Interestingly, smokeless tobacco, such as spit tobacco, has long been a key part of sporting events, until it became clear that it was also damaging to health, that is. Today, sport is one of the major players in helping young people avoid smokeless tobacco, teaching them about the wrong messages older athletes used to send.

Alcohol is also very tricky because it is what many young people first start to turn to. Although many kids who engage in sports do use alcohol, it seems levels of abuse at least are lower among those who take part in sports. Similarly, illicit drug use is substantially lower among children who engage in sports.

Essentially, sports help to steer kids in the right direction. It teaches them to make positive lifestyle choices and to work together in a comforting, supportive environment. This isn’t about knowing that drugs are bad, as everybody already knows that. It is about ensuring that other things are a lot more interesting, particularly sport.